tooth·​fish ˈtüth-ˌfish How to pronounce toothfish (audio)
plural toothfish or toothfishes
: either of two large marine food fishes (genus Dissostichus of the family Nototheniidae) found especially in antarctic and subantarctic waters:

Examples of toothfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the meal, diners will partake in exquisite dishes that highlight some of the world’s best ingredients like glacier 51 toothfish, Royal Belgian caviar, and Miyazaki A5 Wagyu. Megan Dubois, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Feb. 2023 Partly, the responsibility for the toothfish’s decline falls upon the diners who crave its flesh. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 22 Aug. 2011 Medina said Britain had been trying to sell some of the toothfish in America but the U.S. had refused to buy it. Nick Perry, ajc, 27 Oct. 2022 Southern Cross said in its lawsuit that that the Antarctic commission’s rules don’t bar fishing for Patagonia toothfish, as sea bass is also known. Joshua Goodman, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2022 Patagonia toothfish is reserved for menus at gourmet restaurants, with its subtly sweet flavor and rich butteriness. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 27 July 2022 Overall, about 15% of the more than 12,000 metric tons of toothfish caught in the CCAMLR convention area comes from South Georgia. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022 The toothfish is an even trickier case because so much of its population lives outside the domain of any country. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1997, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toothfish was in 1997

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“Toothfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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